Courchevel 1300 Le Praz
Le Praz is a traditional picture postcard Savoyard village set on a sunny plateau
A hidden gem - well away from the purpose built resorts, Le Praz is a place to relax, unwind and treasure the beauty of the mountains. This is still a traditional part of France, the local patisserie, tabac and bars are family run giving a charmingly French yet efficient service. The chalet is set right in the heart of the village - only 50 m from the rustic Darbeilo bar and less than 100m from the lift station. Its a very easy amble to the lifts in the morning and the ski shop is half way if you need to pick up anything enroute.
There are 2 lifts from the village - Le Praz - a modern 4 person tele-cabin giving direct access to 1850. Foret is now a covered 6 man fast chair lift to Bouc Blanc, allowing direct access via chair lifts to Col de la Loze (Meribel) and Chenus area (and 1850). So with only 2 lifts required to get to Meribel and then Green and Blue runs it makes it a perfect location to explore the 3 Valleys from.
We have 4 fantastic runs back to the village on north facing tree lined slopes. Two red runs, Murettes (from col de la loze) and Brigues (from 1850) arrive just 50 m away from the chalet, right outside the ski shop and hotel bars. They both have snow cannons to ensure great snow during the season. Two of the best black runs in the 3 Valleys finish at Le Praz. The tree lined Jockeys - a real favourite and the Olympic run of Jean Blanc - superb on snowy days or for that final quiet evening run home. Last winter I saw wild deer and alpine rabbits on Jockeys on the way home - a very special moment on the mountain.
Le Praz was host to the 1992 Olympic Ski jump competition, and ski jumping takes place several times during the winter. The Lake venue also hosts one of the most magical settings for the annual International Firework competition. With the lake in front of the fireworks and the forest as a backdrop.
Le Praz has some of the best restaurants in Courchevel. The Bistro continued to be a firm favourite last season with an excellent set menu and also a la carte. The Azimut with its Michelin star has a growing clientele.
Live bands play in the village bars at least twice a week, with a great selection of quality bands into the early mornings at the Sports Bar. The Apres ski sessions in the sports bar last season were a great hit, for those that prefer the early evening option with Pat playing or check out apres ski at kudate followed by a late ski home.